Bible Facts on the
Seventh day of the Week
working the first six days of the week in creating this
earth, God rested on the seventh day. Genesis 2:1-3.
stamped that day as God's rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath
day means rest day. To illustrate: When a person is born on a
certain day, that day thus becomes his birthday. So when God
rested upon the seventh day, that day became His rest, or
the seventh day must always be God's Sabbath day. Can you change
your birthday from the day on which you were born to one on
which you were not born? No. Neither can you change God's rest
day to a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day is
still God's Sabbath day.
Creator blessed the seventh day. Genesis 2:3.
sanctified the seventh day. Exodus 20:11.
made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:1-3.
was made before the fall; hence it is not a type; for types were
not introduced till after the fall.
says it was made for man, that is, for the race, as the word man
is here unlimited; hence, for the Gentile as well as for the
Jew. Mark 2:27.
only is the Sabbath made for man, but Jesus said that He was
Lord of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28.
is a memorial of creation. Exodus 20:11; 31:17. Every time we
rest upon the seventh day, as God did at creation, we
commemorate that grand event.
was given to Adam, the head of the human race. Mark 2:27;
is not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before
ever there was a Jew.
Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always "the Sabbath
of the Lord thy God." Men should be cautious how they stigmatize
God's holy rest day.
reference is made to the Sabbath and the seven-day week all
through the patriarchal age. Genesis 2:1-3; 8:10,12; 29:27,28,
was a part of God's law before Sinai. Exodus 16:4,23-29.
God placed it in the heart of His moral law. Exodus 20:1-17. Why
did He place it there if it was not like the other nine
precepts, which all admit to be immutable?
seventh-day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living
God. Deuteronomy 4:12,13.
He wrote the commandment with His own finger. Exodus 31:18.
engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable
nature. Deuteronomy 5:22.
was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies.
forbade work upon the Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times.
destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned
the Sabbath. Ezekiel 20:12,13.
is the sign of the true God, by which we are to know Him from
the false gods. Ezekiel 20:20.
promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would
keep the Sabbath. Jeremiah 17:24,25.
sent them into the Babylonish captivity for breaking it.
destroyed Jerusalem for its violation. Jeremiah 17:27.
has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will
keep it. Isaiah 56:6,7.
is in the prophecy which refers wholly to the Christian
dispensation. See Isaiah 56.
has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. Isaiah 56:2.
Lord requires us to call it "honourable." Isaiah 58:13 Beware,
you who take delight in calling it the "old Jewish Sabbath," "a
yoke of bondage," etc.
the holy Sabbath has been trodden down "many generations," it is
to be restored in the last days. Isaiah 58:12,13.
the holy prophets kept the seventh day.
the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day all His life. Luke
4:16; John 15:10. Thus He followed His Father's example at
creation. Shall we not be safe in following the example of both
the Father and the Son?
seventh day is the Lord's day. See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28;
Isaiah 58:13; Exodus 20:10.
was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that is, to love and
protect it, as the husband is the lord of the wife, to love and
cherish her. 1 Peter 3:6.
vindicated the Sabbath as a merciful institution designed for
man's good. Mark 2:23-28.
of abolishing the Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be
observed. Matthew 12:1-13.
taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the
Sabbath day but what was "lawful." Matthew 12:12.
instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully
regarded forty years after His resurrection. Matthew 24:20.
pious women who had been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh
day after His death. Luke 23:56.
years after Christ's resurrection, the Holy Spirit expressly
calls it "the sabbath day." Acts 13:14.
the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the "sabbath day" in A.D.
45. Acts 13:27. Did not Paul know? Or shall we believe modern
teachers, who affirm that it ceased to be the Sabbath at the
resurrection of Christ?
the inspired Christian historian, writing as late as A.D. 62,
calls it the "sabbath day." Acts 13:44.
Gentile converts called it the Sabbath. Acts 13:42.
the great Christian council, A.D. 49, in the presence of the
apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the "sabbath
day." Acts 15:21.
was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. Acts 16:13.
read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day. Acts 17:2,3.
was his custom to preach upon that day. Acts 17:2,3.
Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four
meetings upon that day. See Acts 13:14,44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4,11.
was never any dispute between the Christians and the Jews about
the Sabbath day. This is proof that the Christians still
observed the same day that the Jews did.
all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with
disregarding the Sabbath day. Why did they not, if he did not
Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law.
"Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the
temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at
all." Acts 25:8. How could this be true if he had not kept the
Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament fifty-nine times, and
always with respect, bearing the same title it had in the Old
Testament, "the sabbath day."
a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath's
being abolished, done away, changed, or anything of the kind.
has never given permission to any man to work upon it. Reader,
by what authority do you use the seventh day for common labor?
Christian of the New Testament, either before or after the
resurrection, ever did ordinary work upon the seventh day. Find
one case of the kind, and we will yield the question. Why should
modern Christians do differently from Bible Christians?
is no record that God has ever removed His blessing or
sanctification from the seventh day?
the Sabbath was kept in Eden before the fall, so it will be
observed eternally in the new earth after the restitution.
seventh-day Sabbath was an important part of the law of God, as
it came from His own mouth, and was written by His own finger
upon stone at Sinai. See Exodus 20. When Jesus began His work,
He expressly declared that He had not come to destroy the law.
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets."
severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to
love God, while at the same time they made void one of the Ten
Commandments by their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a
tradition of men.
40 Bible Facts on the
First Day of the Week
very first thing recorded in the Bible is work done on
Sunday, the first day of the week. Genesis 1:1-5. This
was done by the Creator Himself. If God made the earth
on Sunday, can it be wicked for us to work on Sunday?
commands men to work upon the first day of the week. Exodus
20:8-11. Is it wrong to obey God?
of the patriarchs kept it.
of the holy prophets ever kept it.
the express command of God, His holy people used the first day
of the week as a common working day for 4,000 years, at least.
Himself calls it a "working" day. Ezekiel 46:1.
did not rest upon it.
never blessed it.
did not rest upon it.
was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), and worked at His trade until He was
thirty years old. He kept the Sabbath and worked six days in the
week, as all admit. Hence, He did many a hard day's work on
apostles worked upon it during the same time.
apostles never rested upon it.
never blessed it.
has never been blessed by any divine authority.
has never been sanctified.
law was ever given to enforce the keeping of it, hence it is no
transgression to work upon it. "Where no law is, there is no
transgression." Romans 4:15. See also 1 John 3:4.
New Testament nowhere forbids work to be done on it.
penalty is provided for its violation.
blessing is promised for its observance.
regulation is given as to how it ought to be observed. Would
this be so if the Lord wished us to keep it?
is never called the Christian Sabbath.
is never called the Sabbath day at all.
is never called the Lord's day.
is never called even a rest day.
sacred title whatever is applied to it. Then why should we call
is simply called "first day of the week."
never mentioned it in any way, never took its name upon His
lips, so far as the record shows.
word Sunday never occurs in the Bible at all.
God, Christ, nor inspired men ever said one word in favor of
Sunday as a holy day.
first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in all the
New Testament. Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John
20:1,19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2.
of these texts refer to the same first day of the week.
directed the saints to look over their secular affairs on that
day. 1 Corinthians 16:2.
all the New Testament we have a record of only one religious
meeting held upon that day, and even this was a night meeting.
is not an implication that they ever held a meeting upon it
before or after that.
was not their custom to meet on that day.
was no requirement to break bread on that day.
have an account of only one instance in which it was done. Acts
was done in the night-after midnight. Acts 20:7-11. Jesus
celebrated it on Thursday evening (Luke 22), and the disciples
sometimes did it every day. Acts 2:42-46.
Bible nowhere says that the first day of the week commemorates
the resurrection of Christ. This is a tradition of men, which
contradicts the law of God. Matthew 15:1-9. Baptism commemorates
the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Romans 6:3-5.
the New Testament is totally silent with regard to any change of
the Sabbath day or any sacredness for the first day.
Here are one hundred plain Bible facts upon this question,
showing conclusively that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the
Lord in both the Old and New Testament.
may now be asking yourself, is all of this important, does it
really matter? Well, let me close with this verse."Blessed are
they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the
tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."
Reprinted from an article published about the year 1885.
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